By Brian Carwana Shakil Choudhury’s book “Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them” is one of the best books I have read in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Choudhury shares in the opening pages how he became deeply invested in anti-racism work in the 1990s but felt himself starting to burnout. He began seeing racism and discrimination everywhere and, given the seemingly limitless problems, became bleak about the prospects for justice. He found himself consum
By Brian Carwana “Not belonging is a terrible feeling. It feels awkward and it hurts, as if you were wearing someone else’s shoes.” Phoebe Stone In diversity, inclusion and equity discussions, people often say diversity is a fact and inclusion is a choice. Both statements are true, but it is the next part of those conversations which I think can be the most interesting. What is your goal? If you are working towards supporting diversity and inclusion in the organizations
By Brian Carwana When you hear the word “power,” what do you think? We often think of power negatively: what some use to dominate others. In their book, Power for All, Drs. Tiziana Casciaro and Julie Battilana explore these problems while also suggesting a different model – a power-with model where power builds us up and creates more just societies and workplaces, benefitting everyone. Their work is ostensibly a business book but ventures widely into social movements, democra
In five days, we learned about five of the world's largest religions (Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam). We learned about histories, key practices and beliefs in morning classes before we interviewed leading guides for each tradition in the afternoon. This event was a real hit with Road Scholar participants.
Religious holidays are a great opportunity to connect with one another, learn more about our colleagues and create a welcoming workplace for everyone. Research shows how an inclusive team leads to better decision making, better results and better relationships. Plus, if you’re lucky, celebrating a variety of religious holidays might lead to some great staff potlucks. In this talk, we explored the importance of religious holidays, the policy implications, learned about some ma
How to be an Ally to your Muslim Colleagues As Ramadan, the holy month of fasting approached, our guests listened to a conversation between Sema Burney, President of Burney Consulting and Brian Carwana, Executive Director of Encounter World Religions that was recorded on March 23rd. Together we: Address common misconceptions about Islam and provide insight into Ramadan so you can feel confident in honouring your colleagues' observances; Discuss how we can communicate with sen
Brian discussed religious literacy with respect to end of life issues and donation. Organ donation literally saves lives. Being able to understand the religious issues can help lead to donations and new life for recipients.
World Religions Series - Ontario Provincial Police
[Closed Event] A series on learning about different ethnoreligious communities for police staff. Hinduism Buddhism Judaism Islam Christianity Sikhism Wicca & Implicit Bias